After graduating Chaffey College, Albert attend the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop. He then played saxophone on several Cruise Ships for a few years. He has toured with Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Jerry Lewis, Micheal Feinstein, Ann Hampton Calloway and Ken Peplowski. He has also played in various bands backing such artists as Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Diane Schurr, Jack Jones, and the Captain & Tennile. Recording credits include Toni Tennile, Renee Olstead, Matt Catingub, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson and Rosemary Clooney's last studio recording called "Sentimental Journey" for Concord Records. It was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Alva is currently co-director of the "Jazz Angels," teaching youth jazz bands in the Long Beach area. He can also be seen playing in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. His proudest moments include working on music with Benny Carter, and also a long association serving as librarian, copyist, arranger, and saxophonist for jazz drummer, Louie Bellson.